Astonishing Ant-Man #1
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Astonishing Ant-Man #1

Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Ramon Rosanas Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 21, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 18
7.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Scott Lang was a down-on-his-luck, divorced ex-con -- until he stole renowned scientist and super hero Hank Pym's size-altering technology in the hopes of saving his daughter's life. Through that act of doing wrong for the right reasons, Scott inadvertently learned how to be a hero himself. With Pym's blessing and his daughter Cassie at his side, he became... The Astonishing Ant-Man! But when a curveball upends Scott's life, will he continue to be a hero, or will he return to his former life of crime?

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Oct 22, 2015

    I don't know how many times I can tell y'all to read this book, man. This book divvies up the focus between family, heists, action, story, and character depth with excellent execution. The direction that we're being taken at the book's end raises many questions and a mountain of anticipation. Look, Marvel could have closed up shop on Ant-Man after the movie dropped, but this creative team has been doing something special with Scott Lang. Scott is the epitome of the everyman representation in the Marvel universe. Do yourself a favor and jump on to this series now. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Oct 22, 2015

    If you've ever felt like some of Marvel's more recent titles have been content to strike off into their own consequence-free zones of the Marvel universe, then “Astonishing Ant-Man” might be your fix. Rather than ignore continuity, Spencer and Rosanas fully embrace the absurdity of Lang's history while gracefully handling the very real situations that have resulted from his madcap life. I can't think of a recent comic that so neatly balanced a character's personal life with their superhero one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Oct 21, 2015

    Overall, this was a great start to the new series. Keep in mind, there's a decent amount of recap early on, which readers of the last volume will feel is a bit tedious and at times, the book drags, but the rest of the issue and set up for this storyline is fantastic. Spencer, Rosanas, and Boyd continue to deliver a highly underrated title that I highly recommend. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Oct 23, 2015

    The book reads like a breeze and is an excellent jumping-on point. It's a mission statement wrapped in a sequential story and, in that regard, it's very successful. Spencer has found a nice niche as the comedy guy with lower-tier characters of the Marvel Universe and, with "Astonishing Ant-Man," the writer is poised to help establish a stronger voice for the newly-minted box office star. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Oct 21, 2015

    Despite the lack of Scott Lang's scene-stealing supporting cast and a couple of over-written panels, The Astonishing Ant-Man #1 is a great first issue. With genuinely funny dialogue, effective drama and tense action, Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas have well and truly delivered the goods here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Oct 22, 2015

    This is a well written start to a new series. It refers to A LOT of past adventures and heroic escapades compared to Spider-Gwen and Dr Strange. Which would be my main criticism of it. These first issues are supposed to be the jumping on point for new readers, new readers who are often put off by the massive amount of back story out there for each hero. The first page did a great job in setting up the premise of this Ant Man though. If you want to see more antics like the film, and a slightly satirical look at modern super heroes, this is a great series to begin on! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Oct 21, 2015

    Aside from a minor stumble midway through, this first issue serves as a truly impressive return for a title Ive been waiting for ever since I devoured the first series. Spencer and Rosanas are telling a small story (no pun intended) filled with heart, humour and excitement, and are clearly having the time of their lives doing it. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Oct 22, 2015

    Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas turn in their second #1 of the year, their easy humor and great characterization very much intact. Their latest debut has a lot to offer, both in terms of entertainment value and as a solid lead in for new readers, but it also feels somewhat flat in areas. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 24, 2015

    Scott Lang remains a solid protagonist, and while his life is complicated, it's still entertaining. He's got a daughter to worry about, he's got a sad sack lifestyle, and he's got some nifty supporting players. The fight with Whirlwind is cool, and the danger of the Power Broker can definitely drive some stories forward. And Rosanas, of course, is still quite excellent. The look of the book is unique and heroic, and that new costume still rocks. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 24, 2015

    "Astonishing Ant-Man" is a fun read. The comic is a character-centered story where Scott Lang and his personal life are the primary focus. The plot in this comic is hatched from the angle where old grudges come back to haunt Lang. The book has some interesting ideas in here as well, such as the villain-finder app. Overall, if you like books that are character focused and you don't mind some sarcasm and snark then this is the book for you. I recommend checking this out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Oct 22, 2015

    Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas' briefly interrupted Ant-Man run picks up eight months later with a few surprises, but spiritually carrying on the journey of this (mostly) down-on-his-luck hero. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Oct 27, 2015

    Astonishing Ant-Man is not a replacement for Superior Foes of Spider-Man, but it does bring something of the same street-level crime/comedy ethos to the table. Scott Lang's current situation mixes humanity and superheroics, reverence for the traditional formula with real-world groundedness. The artwork lacks that balance, being much stronger in the superhero scenes, but it's very cinematic and easy to read. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Oct 22, 2015

    If this issue feels a little clunky, there's still enough to recommend readers stick with the book and give it another issue, there's a lot of heart and fun in Astonishing Ant-Man #1. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Oct 21, 2015

    The Astonishing Ant-Man #1 is a good entry point for new and returning readers, but is burdened by slow pacing and mountains of exposition that doesn't allow the story to breathe. If you liked the previous run and the execution doesn't sound like it would bother you, then this book should be good for you — otherwise, wait to see if the pace picks up. Read Full Review

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